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Fracking exploration works approved despite county's opposition

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Planning permission for fracking exploration works in Derbyshire has been given the go ahead.

LGC’s sister title New Civil Engineer has reported that Ineos has won its appeal to look for shale gas deposits in a village north of Chesterfield.

It comes after Derbyshire CC originally rejected the bid for exploratory mining.

However, the firm has now successfully appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

“The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for the construction of a well site and creation of a new access track, mobilisation of drilling, ancillary equipment and contractor welfare facilities to drill a vertical hydrocarbon exploratory core well and mobilisation of workover rig, listening well operations, and retention of the site and wellhead assembly gear for a temporary period of 5 years on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane, Derbyshire,” the decision said.

Residents and anti-fracking protestors in Derbyshire have raised fears about the impact on roads and potential ground water pollution. The council opposed the application on the basis it would have an unacceptable impact on local road users, it would harm to the open nature of the green belt, and would result in unacceptable night-time noise.

However, Ineos will now install a 60m tall drill on the site and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground to search for shale gas.

It is the second decision Ineos has overturned in recent months, after also successfully appealing a decision to carry out similar works in South Yorkshire.

Martyn Ford, chair of Derbyshire CC’s planning committee, said: “This is a very disappointing result for the residents of Marsh Lane and the surrounding area who came together and mounted such a well-organised campaign to oppose the application.

“We’ll be looking at the inspector’s report in detail over the coming days.”

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